Guilty Pleas Federal prosecutors said three members of an Ellicott City family admitted yesterday that for nearly a decade they illegally smuggled switchblades and other knives bearing counterfeit NASCAR and related trademarks as well as swords and knives violating "Lord of the Rings" and United Cutlery copyrights.

Mohammed Aslam, 57, and his two sons -- Farhan Aslam, 31, and Zeeshan Aslam, 27 -- pleaded guilty in Baltimore, as did the company they controlled, NFZ Products Inc. The merchandise was imported from Pakistan, Taiwan and China and stored at warehouses in the Baltimore area before distribution in the United States.

Sentencing was scheduled for February for the defendants, who agreed to forfeit $759,161. Each faces up to five years in prison, and the company could be fined as much as $500,000.

Fatal Shooting Prince George's County police found a man shot to death last night on a sidewalk in the Landover area, authorities said.

Police went to the 1900 block of Allendale Court about 8:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a gunshot and a man on the ground, said Cpl. Kim Brown, a police spokeswoman. Officers found the victim dead at the scene with a single gunshot wound to the upper body, Brown said.

Officials released no information about the victim. The slaying was the county's 151st homicide of the year, Brown said.


Bootlegged DVDs FBI agents and D.C. police officers raided several warehouses in Northeast Washington yesterday and arrested 11 people on charges of distributing and trafficking in bootlegged DVDs and compact discs.

The raids took place in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Fourth Street NE and at several residences in Maryland and Virginia, authorities said. Law enforcement officials declined to release further details, saying search warrants and other information about the operation were under seal in U.S. District Court.

One of the warehouses searched yesterday was raided by D.C. police in a similar operation in April. In that raid, police recovered DVDs of movies that had only recently been released to theaters.


Fairfax Fatality A woman was found stabbed to death last night in a Woodlawn area apartment in an incident that authorities are investigating as a domestic dispute, Fairfax County police said.

Officials released few details about the slaying in the 8400 block of Graves Street. Officers were called to the scene just before 8 p.m. and found the victim dead inside the apartment, said Mary Anne Jennings, a police spokeswoman. Police arrested a man at the scene, she said.

Authorities released no further information about the victim.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.